When using a defective product causes an injury, you may have a product liability claim. Although most products on the market are safe for use, there are some products that are dangerous and shouldn’t be available for sale. If a product is proved to be dangerous, then a manufacturer has an obligation to remove that product from the marketplace. Once a product has been removed, you can take steps to protect your family.
What is a Product Recall?
A product recall is an attempt to retrieve goods from consumers and the marketplace once they have been found to be defective or unsafe. A product recall typically occurs when a large quantity of a product isn’t safe for use. Some recalls ask you to throw away the product, while others ask that you return the item for replacement or repair. However, even if the product is removed from the shelves, it is often still present in people’s homes, daycares, secondhand stores, and garage sales. Government agencies involved in recalls include the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Learn About Recalls
You might hear about major recalls on the news, but products are recalled frequently. Unfortunately, many manufacturers choose not to advertise their recalls. The best way to keep up to date on the latest recalls is to check the CPSC website. The website is updated every day and provides information on what to do regarding the recalled product. You can search for recalls by product type and manufacturer. For example, a search for strollers would list all of the recalled strollers.
Check for Recalled Products in Your Home
Using the CPSC database, you can check whether products in your home or in your child’s daycare or school, are recalled. Ask family and friends to check the products in their homes as well. Before you purchase a product from a garage sale or secondhand store, check that it hasn’t been recalled. If a product has been recalled, make sure you take the steps specified by the manufacturer for returning or repairing the product. It’s wise to stop using the product immediately.
Contact a Product Liability Attorney
If you’ve been injured by a defective product, you should consult with an experienced product liability attorney. At GGRM, we have over 50 years of experience helping the victims of defective products. To set up your free consultation, contact us online or call us at 702-978-7641 today.